|Date: April 1, 2009
|What is Humanitarian Technology Challenge?
IEEE, true to its vision of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity,
is giving more focus to Humanitarian Activities that will address problems
of the most vulnerable sections of humanity.
IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (IEEE-HTC) is a forum started by IEEE
and the United Nations Foundation to address the need to bring together
humanitarian organizations, first responders, technical experts, corporations
and philanthropic groups to address critical issues for the benefit of the
underprivileged and challenged people.
The HTC will develop and implement technological responses to selected
humanitarian challenges. The UN Foundation has, through a survey,
selected 37 immediate technology needs of the humanitarian agencies.
These have been placed before the HTC.
The objective is to create sustainable solutions that can be implemented locally,
within the environmental, cultural, structural, political, and socio-economic
conditions where they will be deployed. The HTC will also define repeatable
processes and models that can be used to address future challenges.
Of the 37 technology needs, three have been identified and a group of
"Early Participants" are in the process of developing responses and also
formulating appropriate processes and systems for IEEE to handle humanitarian
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IEEE Foundation Announces New Humanitarian Technology Fund
IEEE Foundation has established a new fund which will provide unique
opportunities for engineers to make a real difference to people all
over the world and especially in developing areas.
Through the awarding of grants, The Humanitarian Technology Fund
supports projects that provide technological solutions to problems
including health services, disaster relief, micro-financing,
interactions with government, economic development, energy and
communication. Grants may be awarded to IEEE units or outside organizations.
IEEE Humanitarian Network (HTN) Launched.
Humanitarian Technology Network is a site designed to capture the
humanitarian activities of IEEE. The network was launched last month by
the HTC group in IEEE. Already many articles have been published on the
site. Visit the site and read the articles http://www.ieeehtn.org.
If you or your Section have been active in humanitarian activities, we
urge you to add your case studies on the HTN. Two case studies from
R-10 have already been added to the HTN under the communications
|HTC Activities at R-10
HTC Activities at R-10
The R-10 Director Dr. YJ Park, Past Director Dr. Janina Mazierska and other
members of the EXECOMM, realizing the importance of Humanitarian
Activities in IEEE, started the activities in the R-10. They
designated one of the EXECOMM members Mr. Amarnath Raja, as the "HTC
Coordinator" to promote and enhance the Humanitarian Activities done by
This year, the HTC at R-10, will focus making the
members aware of the Humanitarian Activities of IEEE and the HTC
programs of IEEE HQ.
If you would like to participate in Humanitarian Activities of the
Region or start activities in your Section, please do write to the R-10 HTC Coordinator "Amarnath
HTC Challenge Conference
HTC Early Participant's Conference
June 1 - 2, 2009
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
To bring together interested humanitarians, technologists and others to
learn more about the three selected challenges and begin the process of
defining solutions to them.
Science and Technology for Humanity
2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity (IEEE TIC-STH)
Organized by the IEEE Toronto Section, Region 7 (Canada)
September 27-29, 2009, Toronto
- Paper Submission Deadline: May 2009
The option to deliver your paper online (no need to travel)
Get your paper published in IEEE Explore
Low Registration Fee - $299